Energy in Europe

Working Party on Energy

The working party prepares matters related to energy for the EU Council of Ministers. It handles matters from the time they are introduced by the Commission and negotiates, as far as possible, agreement on the technical aspects involved.

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The Energy Efficiency Directive

The 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive establishes a set of binding measures to help the EU reach its 20 per cent energy efficiency target by 2020. Under the Directive, all EU countries are required to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain from its production to its final consumption.

The Energy Efficiency Directive was adopted on 25 October 2012, repealing the Energy Services Directive (2006/32/EC) as well as the Cogeneration Directive (2004/8/EC) and was to be transposed by all Member States by the beginning of June 2014.

The Directive includes a wide range of measures intended to promote energy efficiency across Member States.


Article 5 of the Directive was transposed by a UK wide Statutory Instrument called the Energy Efficiency (Eligible Buildings) Regulations 2013.

The main components of the Regulations are:

  • A UK energy savings target of 163.6 gigawatt hours to be achieved in eligible buildings owned and occupied by central government (Regulation 3).
  • The UK is taking the “alternative approach” afforded under Article 5(6) of the Directive.
  • A duty on the competent authorities to encourage public bodies to adopt energy efficiency plans (Regulation 4).

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